Bar News - May 23, 2008
Webster Scholars Graduate First Class
Note: This online version of a Bar News article has been modified to update and correct wording in the print version.
Seated front row, left to right: Justin Maleson, Anthony Galdieri, Conrad Cascadden, Milin Patel. Standing, left to right: Ashley Hulse, Crystal Maldonado, Jennifer Gibson, Sabin Maxwell, Cynthia Mosseau, Melinda Sianian, Lauren Crisera, Joshua Wyatt, Rebecca Cotterell.
The 13 members of the initial class of the Franklin Pierce Law Centerís Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program were sworn in as members of the New Hampshire Bar at a special session of the Supreme Court on Friday, May 16. In a trailblazing program, these participants took a variant of the traditional bar exam. Their written and video portfolios were examined by bar examiners four times over a two - year period, and they were personally interviewed by bar examiners in their final semester. Participants were certified through completion of the program as having met the requirements for admission to the bar under Supreme Court Rule 42(13).
The Webster Scholar Honors Program, a comprehensive practice-based teaching and bar licensing program, immerses students in the daily workings of the legal system. Students counsel clients, appear before judges and develop their skills and judgment in clinical settings.
The program, initiated in 2005, was a collaborative effort of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, the NH Supreme Court, the NH Board of Bar Examiners and the NH Bar Association.
"[Response has been] extremely positive," said John Garvey, director of the Webster Scholar program. "We have had many volunteer judges, stenographers, lawyers, paralegals and even lay people from New Hampshire, and they gave the program a richness that we could not get otherwise.
Bar News will provide further coverage of the Webster Scholars program in an upcoming issue.